Are you suffering with Long Covid?
5 Apr 2021 | Anne Marie Fogarty
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The effects of Covid cannot be overemphasized as the world witnessed a new force of a single virus that shut down businesses, restricted movement and infected millions of people across the globe. Since then, medical practitioners and research specialists in the UK and worldwide have been on a mission to get rid of this virus for good. The effect of this virus differs for different individuals. For some people, it takes weeks, while for others, it takes months (having a long-term effect).
What is Long Covid?
Long Covid is referred to as the effect of Covid 19 weeks or months after the initial illness. This long term effect differs for different individuals. It takes twelve weeks for some people and about eight weeks for others to recover. When you contract Covid-19, it can cause pneumonia and respiratory failure for some, resulting in permanent damage and increasing the risk of blood clots; it can also lead to heart attack, stroke, and scarring of the lungs. However, Long Covid causes more defects beyond the initial illness.
Many people reading this might be wondering how they can identify Long Covid. Not to worry, our next subheading will answer that.
What are the symptoms of Long Covid?
The Covid-19 virus acts differently for different people. It takes some a few days, and they are free from it while it takes longer for others. The first symptom will be that Long Covid effects will last long after the initial illness hit you.
Some of the other symptoms of Long Covid include:
- anxiety and depression
- chest pains
- joint or muscle pain
- not being able to think straight
The list above highlights some of the symptoms of Long Covid. There have been numerous cases in the UK. Approximately 1 in 10 people with Covid-19 continue to experience symptoms beyond 12 weeks. Research is currently underway to better understand Long Covid.
How long does Long Covid last?
The duration of these symptoms or effect varies from person to person. As a result of this, there is no specific time frame that can be said about the duration of Long Covid. However, from statistics in the UK, the average recovery time is between 8-10 weeks.
Recovery from the effects of Covid is an individualized experience and therefore different for everyone.
How will I get support for Long Covid?
In England, Long Covid clinics are being set up to be accessible by people from different parts of the country. Once you notice these symptoms, contact a health professional so they can refer you to the closest Long Covid clinic in your centre.
The NHS also provides vital information and assistance to people suffering from Long Covid symptoms even after they have been treated from Covid:
- Extra tips to help you manage the situation
- Boost your immune system
- Manage fatigue and breathlessness
- Guide your mental health and stay in control
Covid or Long Covid is an enemy in the UK and around the world. With accurate information and adequate health care, we will win this fight.
For more support, visit your local GP for advice and check out the NHS Your Covid Recovery website for more information.